Monday, November 29, 2010

Wikileaks: Let the Fun Begin!

A latest news at NYT says that WikiLeaks released around 250,000 diplomatic cables to The New York Times Sunday, most from the last 3 years, detailing the conversations between Washington and embassies around the world on views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused
of leaking diplomatic cables
and other classified documents
to WikiLeaks.
The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents. These documents are said to have an unprecedented effect on US relations with some of its allies in the east. 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and some other American ambassadors around the world have been contacting foreign officials in recent days to alert them to the expected disclosures.

Some of the major issues that are covered under this recent disclosure by wikileaks include:
  • A dangerous standoff with Pakistan over nuclear fuel
  • Gaming out an eventual collapse of North Korea
  • Bargaining to empty the Guantánamo Bay prison
  • Suspicions of corruption in the Afghan government
  • A global computer hacking effort by China

Mixed records against terrorism: According to the cable; Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda, and the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, a generous host to the American military for years, was the “worst in the region” in counterterrorism efforts, according to a State Department cable last December. Qatar’s security service was “hesitant to act against known terrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals,”.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to US documents revealed by WikiLeaks.

Arms deliveries to militants!: Cables also describe the US’ failing struggle to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon, which has amassed a huge stockpile since its 2006 war with Israel.

Cable describes that even after more than 9 years of 9/11 attackes, Obama administration is in dilemma to decide on whom to trust and whom to not trust in Pakistan (because of the possible linkages between them and Al Qaeda).  

Cable also talks about the US-China and Russia diplomacy. More details would be available as the time rolls out. 

WikiLeaks chief said, Julian Assange, said the released documents addressed "every major issue in every country in the world".

Watch Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks
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